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Kazakhstan in nuclear bank offer

LONDON. April 7. KAZINFORM Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has offered to build a nuclear fuel bank on its territory, Kazinform refers to BBC News. He made the announcement in a joint press conference with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is visiting Kazakhstan. The idea was first proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005, and is supported by both the United States and Russia. The US allocated $50m (£33.5m) to the project in 2007. "Regarding the creation of a nuclear fuel bank for nuclear energy, Kazakhstan could consider the possibility of hosting it on its territory, as a country which signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and voluntarily refused to have nuclear weapons," said Mr Nazarbayev. Soviet tests Under the scheme, a storage facility would enable countries to buy nuclear fuel, reducing the need for individual nations to develop their own enrichment programmes. The fuel bank would produce enriched uranium, which is a necessary ingredient in nuclear power reactors, keeping stocks of it for sale. Countries that are building nuclear reactors would not have to make their own uranium fuel - they could simply buy it from the bank. It would be supervised IAEA, which inspects reactors. Mr Ahmadinejad said after the press conference that he supported the idea, but did not say whether his country would consider using such a bank. Iran has steadfastly denied US allegations that it is enriching uranium to make nuclear fuel for use in nuclear weapons, Kazinform cites BBC News. Full version you can see at


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